The enduring romance of the highwayman

Brave, dashing and manly, these social bandits have lofty status. But some, like Dick Turpin, fall far short of the glowing stereotype

The enduring romance of the highwaymanIf memory serves, my first encounter with the concept of a highwayman came circa 1952 thanks to the weekly Sun comic book. One of its regular characters was Dick Turpin, a highwayman who embarked on a series of adventures with his female sidekick Moll Moonlight. In addition to robbing the rich to help the poor,…

Laundered money is a key cog in our economy

Canadians’ savings are sheltered and foreign investors are reluctant. Laundered money fills a crucial investment gap

Laundered money is a key cog in our economyYou could make a case that in the absence of illegal laundered money, there would be almost no risk investment capital in Canada. The problem with laundered money is huge. Recent estimates put the value of laundered money in Canada at $46.7 billion; other more realistic estimates have it in the range of $130 billion.…

Alberta has highest median monetary fraud rate: MNP report

Study of over 200 criminal convictions gleans critical insights about how Canadian organizations can reduce fraud

Alberta has highest median monetary fraud rate: MNP reportThe first national study of its kind, Fraud Aware 2019: National Study on Reported Fraud Cases in Canada, has found that the most convictions and the largest reported losses due to fraud were seen in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia. Business advisory and accounting firm MNP LLP released the results of the study on…

We shall overcome crimes against humanity

Attacks on places of worship are based on the horrendous lie that we need to fear those who are different

We shall overcome crimes against humanityHumanity is reeling from the deaths of innocent people all over the world in houses of worship. Members of no religion seem to be immune from violence, nor can any major religion claim to be free of extremists who perpetrate hate crimes. Many will ask what the world is coming to. In fact, these horrendous…

Regulating marijuana is a fool’s errand

The good news: an absurd prohibition on pot is about to end. The bad news: the Trudeau government has tied itself in knots

Regulating marijuana is a fool’s errandEDMONTON, Alta., April 21, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The federal government's plan to legalize marijuana is another nail in the coffin of Canada's expensive and wasteful war on drugs. But at what social cost? Former justice minister Anne McLellan, who chaired the federal task force on marijuana legalization, and Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief, played…

The deep social scars will take a long time to heal

How do Canadians wash away the shame of the slaughter of six men in a mosque in Quebec City?

The deep social scars will take a long time to healRED DEER, Alta. Feb. 3, 2017 /Troy Media/ – No society is perfect. Tragedy has a way of turning blemishes into scars – scars that take a long time to heal. Canadians can now drop the smug pretence that we’re superior to the vast number of nations on this planet. We, too, have fundamental social…

The day the United States of America died

The United States died on Dec. 14, 2012 when a man gunned down 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School and nothing was done to stop it from happening again

The day the United States of America diedTORONTO, Ont. Jan. 24, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Countries die. Nations fade away. However great nations may be, they are not eternal. Pierre Trudeau certainly thought so, some 30 years ago. Appearing before Canada's Senate to condemn the proposed constitutional amendments of the Meech Lake Accord in the spring of 1988, Trudeau said: “If the people of Canada…

The slings and arrows of (political) misfortune

Justin Trudeau’s mistake wasn’t being a passenger on Air Aga Khan. It was hanging out with a billionaire, and then trying to keep it a big secret

The slings and arrows of (political) misfortuneTORONTO, Ont. Jan. 13, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Is Justin Trudeau guilty? Yes he is: of using a dangling preposition. Here’s the relevant news report: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he made use of the private helicopter of the Aga Khan during a family vacation at the billionaire Ismaili Muslim leader’s retreat in the Bahamas…

Clintons will likely remain above the law

Obama may issue a broad pardon to the Clintons and all their associates in return for shutting down the Clinton Foundation

Clintons will likely remain above the lawPORTLAND, Ore. Nov. 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The issue of whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information during her tenure as Secretary of State was a recurring theme in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Her defenders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, contended that no harm to the U.S. had resulted from her actions and that…

Islamic State is a big business machine

Despite vast revenue sources – from taxes to extortion to the sale of antiquities to ramsom – the terrorist group faces a cash crunch

Islamic State is a big business machineThe Islamic State (IS) has been described as either one of the world’s richest terrorist organizations or one of its poorest countries. Neither is quite true. It is a hybrid – half destitute quasi-nation state and half wealthy jihadist organization. What it does have, however, are considerable financial assets. The assets are a combination of…
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